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DPS: Westbound I-10 reopens at 51st Avenue after serious crash

Posted at 4:52 AM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 15:58:40-04

PHOENIX — Westbound lanes of Interstate 10 were shut down at 51st Avenue for several hours after a serious crash early Monday morning.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, DPS says a single vehicle hit an attenuator, a barrier that controls traffic for the HOV ramp to State Route 202, causing the vehicle to travel across all eight lanes of traffic. The vehicle then hit a right shoulder wall.

A woman who was in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries. The driver, a 29-year-old Phoenix man, was booked into jail on DUI, aggravated assault and felony criminal damage charges.

His name was not released by DPS.

There was a lengthy backup in the area during the closure, but the freeway reopened around 7:30 a.m. Click here for current traffic conditions.

No further information has been released.